Jesus Cleanses the Temple (John 2:13-25)

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

When Jesus entered the temple, he was outraged by the commercialism of the temple area. It had the surface appearance of supporting worship, but was really being driven by profit. The Old Testament Law tells about sacrifices that were to be made at the temple. Bulls, lambs, and doves were all sacrificed at the temple. Anybody who didn’t live in the Jerusalem area would need to buy an animal for sacrifice. The Law also allowed a monetary offering in the place of some sacrifices.

Philip and Nathanael (John 1:43-51)

Come and see

In verse 43, Jesus found Philip. Then in verse 44, Philip said, “We have found the one that Moses wrote about.” Who found who? From our perspective, we find Christ. But, from Christ’s perspective, he finds us. He wasn’t lost. We were lost and he found us. Jesus told three parables in Luke 15 about searching for the lost and the joy of finding them. Remember that Jesus came seeking the lost. That shows how much he cares. Then those who are found are deputized to seek more lost. That is just what Philip does. He goes and tells Nathanael about Jesus. Nathanael responds with doubt.

John the Baptist (John 1:19:28)

John the Baptist

John the Baptist was an interesting character. He is the focus of today's passage:

John 1:19-28

While John the Baptist is the center of attention, he points others to Christ. He proclaimed a message of repentance. He told people to repent because the Kingdom of God was at hand. The word repent means turn. He told them to turn away from their sinfulness and turn toward Christ. He then baptized those who repented.

Some thoughts from this passage:

Jesus & Nic (John 3:1-21)

Nicodemus & Jesus Img 1

Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night. He was a Pharisee which means that he was very devout in following the Old Testament Law. He was highly schooled in the scriptures and took his faith very seriously. Paul was a Pharisee. We often use the term Pharisee synonymously with hypocrite. Some of them were hypocrites because they claimed to be zealous for God but were actually in opposition to God’s plan in Jesus. Many Pharisees became Christians. We know about Nicodemus and Paul, but there were others at the Jerusalem council in Acts 15.